Maugansville residents reminisce at reunion

March 06, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Mary Vera, left, and Vivian (Weaver) Doarnberger look at a photograph of Maugansville Elementary second-graders, taken in 1948, during a reunion Sunday at the Maugansville Ruritan.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE — People sometimes talk about a community with a down-home feeling being like Mayberry, the fictional community in the television series “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Maugansville is one of those towns.

People at a town reunion here Sunday reminisced about when there were only two thoroughfares in town — Front Street and Back Street — how kids used to do agricultural chores in the morning before heading to school and how everyone knew each other.

Decades ago, Maugansville was a tight community because residents were not distracted by things like television, Ed Shaffer said at the reunion held at the Maugansville Ruritan hall.

Shaffer recalled that if a neighbor had a problem, it became “our problem.”

“There was a time in the 1940s when I could name the occupant of every house in Maugansville and also tell you the name of their dog,” Shaffer said.

About 100 people turned out at the hall between 1 and 5 p.m. for the party, dubbed “Maugansville, Kids of the ’40s and ’50s.”

The idea of the reunion came from Ken “Red” Ebersole, who grew up in Maugansville, north of Hagerstown.

About five years ago, Ebersole said he decided to find his old friends and in 2006, the first town reunion was held at the local Ruritan hall.

On Sunday, guests were asked to bring a covered dish for another town get-together.

People stood or sat down at long tables, exchanging their favorite stories.

Ebersole talked about old town landmarks and pointed out a window of the hall showing where the old Maugansville Elementary School used to be.

The school was torn down, as was an old grain-storage facility in town, Ebersole said.

“The only thing left is a bunch of old geezers,” Ebersole said.

Guests talked about the challenges of no longer being able to recognize old friends because they had not seen them in so long. But they could remember each other after talking for a while.

There was plenty of humor to go around Sunday, as attendees joked with each other about issues like graying hair.

Bob Holsinger Sr. talked about his three children, 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, and how none of them has gotten into any serious trouble like drugs.

“That says a lot in this day in age,” Holsinger said. “And I’m only 39,” he said, laughing.

“I’ll be 78 my next birthday,” he said.

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